Wrong way, Arnold

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It seems as though “the people’s governor” has forgotten that his office exists to serve the public – and not the other way around. WHEN it comes to spending increases for his personal staff and top state bureaucrats, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sounds less like the fierce reformer he set himself out to be, and a lot more like … a politician. When campaigning to rein in spending in Sacramento, Schwarzenegger decried automatic funding formulas that lock California into spending it can’t afford. The state needs the flexibility, he said, to control spending when revenue is down. So it’s disappointing that Schwarzenegger now wants to use an inflationary formula for his staff budget – which would boost spending in his office by more than 5 percent – and pay hikes of up to 23 percent for top state bureaucrats. There’s every indication that the economy is weakening and state revenues will slip. And so the governor ought to make cuts at all levels in state government, just as he has proposed for welfare recipients and college students. last_img

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